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Katie Mai Robinson, 81

WATERTOWN – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Hunter Funeral Home for Mrs. Robinson, 81, of Lebanon.

Born in Putnam County to the late Anthony and Levora Bennett Whitehead, she died Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the University Medical Center, Lebanon. Retired from Mariner Health Care, she was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday. Services will be conducted by Rev. Glenn Denton. Burial will follow at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: daughter Mildred (Fred) Chaffin of Lebanon and son Clifford (Carolyn) Carr of Wilson, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Dean Chaffin of Chestnut Mound and Emma Jean Anderson of Baxter.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Robinson is preceded in death by her husband, Allen M. Robinson, Jr., and siblings Sam, Virgil and Cleo Whitehead, Viola Ramsey and Alice Abney.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

Letter carriers carry torch for Help Center

The Wilson Post

When letter carriers volunteer to carry extra packages it’s for a good cause.

Many Wilson County residents are not sure where their next meal will come from. That is especially true since the Help Centers’ food shelves are becoming increasingly empty.

But the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday will help restock those shelves. May 9 is a day when many Americans stop to think about hunger, thanks to the letter carriers.

Everyone can help. All the food collected in the county will stay here and will go to the Wilson County Help Centers. If everyone takes the grocery bag the carriers leave in their mailboxes, (or just a regular grocery bag) and fills it with non-perishable foods, like canned goods, cereal, crackers and peanut butter; the food drive can restock the Help Centers shelves so hungry Wilson Countians can eat.

Set the bag beside your mail box before your letter carrier passes your house on Saturday, and say a prayer of thanks that you and your family have enough to eat.
If everyone helps, everyone can eat.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at

Sophies Choice
Do you guys remember this movie? If you’ve seen it, I’m sure you remember that gut wrenching moment when Meryl Streep was forced to pick between her two children. She was given the choice of deciding which would live and which would die. Her choice led her to madness.
These baseball flicks score home runs
Dear Ken: I always loved the old Gary Cooper film about N.Y. Yankee great Lou Gehrig called “Pride of the Yankees.” What would be your top five favorite baseball films?
How Much Sleep Do We Need?

We all want a good night's sleep. Sleep allows our body to rest and to restore its energy levels. Without enough restful sleep, not only can we become grumpy and irritable, but also inattentive and more prone to accidents. Like food and water, adequate sleep is essential to good health and quality of life.

Sleep needs change over a person's lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults -- seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Boomer Beat: Are Cell Phones, Texting, I-Pods Replacing Grandma?

By Linda Varon

Nothing can compare to that first grandchild. From the moment you look into that beautiful face, you think about all those years that your own children drove you nuts!

The first few years may be filled with late night phone calls. “Mom, she is throwing up and we think she has a fever. What should we do?”

Our Feathered Friends

April showers cause flooding problems

April showers have received an extention from Mother Nature and it will probably rain through the rest of this week. I saw more water backed up in places that don't usually have flooding problems. Jackson Cave behind the Cedar Forrest Lodge was flooded with a very high volume of water pouring from the entrance. It was a real frog strangler this weekend.

This past weekend at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park we held the second annual Elsie Quarterman Glade Festival with birdwalks, wildflower tours, and my favorite, a geology workshop with State Geologist, Ron Zurawski. This has been my 34th year for doing programs at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

Watertown Art Crawl, A New Breed of Art Exhibition, set May 30

Local artists and Watertown business owners are joining forces to present Watertown’s inaugural Art Crawl on Saturday, May 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Event organizers are promising a fun, eclectic event while raising funds for New Leash on Life, a local not-for-profit animal welfare organization.

Event attendees will enjoy live music, food and drinks while strolling the historic Public Square of Watertown. The Art Crawl will offer a vast assortment of art ranging from paintings, photography, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, quilts and steelwork, just to name a few. Art demonstrations will also be performed throughout the event and the evening will be capped off with a special live auction at 9 p.m. with Michael Walker of Cumberland Real Estate and Auction presenting several unique pieces to the highest bidders. 

Millworks Theatre announces premier season

There's a new kid on the block by the name of "Millworks Theatre" opening at The Mill at Lebanon in June.

This multifunctional entertainment venue will appeal not only to theatre devotees but also to music lovers and aficionados of other multiple forms of entertainment, officials said.

Millworks will present its "Evening Series" of musicals, comedies and dramas on Thursday through Saturday evenings and at Sunday Matinees. Tuesday through Saturdays, its "Afternoon Series" of fast paced song and dance variety shows, light comedies and musicals will be presented at matinee performances that are perfectly suited to the bus tour market. On the remaining Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings, Millworks Theatre will present their “Music and Event Series” and will have a variety of entertainment options from Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Classical artists to stand up comics, improv groups, murder mystery evenings, magic and more.


CPR is Epidemic So Lets Objurgate


What are semicolons used for? I guess I wasn’t listening that day (days?), and now I’m curious. (“For what are semicolons used” – right? I do remember you are not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition, but I do it anyway.) Thanks for all your language police work with highlights from literature. You often make me laugh.
-Call Me Grammar Deaf

A smart fix for Tennessee's bridges

By Commissioner GERALD NICELY 
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Across the nation interest rates are at historic lows. Many Tennesseans are taking advantage of the low prices now to buy a new home or refinance their existing home.  Many others are taking this opportunity to finance needed repairs to their homes, like a new roof or a new addition. What is true for home owners is also true for TDOT. With interest rates and construction costs low, now is the time to invest in the health of our transportation system. 

Council waives sidewalk for Joseph Storehouse on first reading

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council agreed to allow Joseph Storehouse to add storage space onto its existing food pantry without having to either build a sidewalk over sinkholes or pay a fee in lieu of the sidewalk at the regular meeting Tuesday night.

Schools can include God

From Post staff reports

Wilson County Schools cannot ban the phrases “In God We Trust,” “God Bless America” or other religious references from student posters, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Echol

One result of the ruling is that posters in Wilson County Schools for the National Day of Prayer scheduled for Friday can include the word God and other Christian quotes.

The case stems from posters made by children at Lakeview Elementary for "Meet Me at the Pole," a student-led prayer event, last fall.

Gladeville board waits for next step in audit findings

From Post staff reports

Members of the Gladeville Utility District’s governing board are now waiting for the next step so to speak with regard to a recently completed audit by the State of Tennessee charging that the district’s former general manager had committed a number of management failures including paying himself an unauthorized amount in excess of $300,000.
What happens next, according to members of the board of commissioners, is up to the state.
By that they mean it will be determined by state authorities as to what legal action may follow concerning alleged mistakes or wrongs made by Clifford Walker, the former general manager of the district.

Teacher points to mold at LHS

 This ceiling tile in one of the restrooms at LHS is so wet it’s sagging.By CONNIE ESH
The Wilson Post

Walking into many classrooms at Lebanon High School is an invitation to an allergy attack, if the student is allergic to mold.

LHS teacher David Glasscock invited parents, county commissioners and school board members to come tour the school and see for themselves during Monday night’s regular meeting of the Wilson County Board of Education.

During an actual tour on Tuesday afternoon, Glasscock pointed out recently replaced ceiling tiles with water streaks still leading down nearby walls.

Edith Elvira Spencer, 98

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services for will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Ms. Spencer, 98, of Henry County. She passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Paris Manor Nursing Home.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sellars. Services will be conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment at Hermitage Memorial Gardens, in Hermitage.

Survivors include son John Spencer; grandchildren John (Kim) Spencer, Jr., Christopher Spencer and Charles Spencer; great-grandchildren Arin Morris, Nicole Spencer, Christopher Spencer and John Spencer; great-great grandchildren Sophie Morris and Carsin Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Spencer and parents John and Louisa Stiles Mullican. Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Annie Beckham Smith, 70

LEBANON -- A private service will be held in Leavenworth, Kansas at a later date for Mrs. Smith, 70, of Lebanon. She died May 2, 2009.

Survivors include husband Wallace "Buddy" Smith; children Cassandra Lowe and Michael Miller; grandchildren Nicholaus Admire, Michael Miller, Annie Cox, Serina Cox and Emilie Miller; and great-grandchildren Caleb Miller and Gage Miller.

Memorials to a favorite charity or to the family are requested.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of local arrangements.

Paul Kenneth Holt, 74

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, May 4 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Holt, 74, of Lebanon. Owner of Holt Auto Sales and a member of the Maple Hill Church of Christ, Mr. Holt died Friday, May 1, 2009 at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital.

Services were conducted by Mr. Holt’s cousin Dr. Don England and Brother Wayne Miller. Interment was at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 49 years Reba Ann Whitson Holt; and children Paula Holt Gardner, Marlon Whitson (Angela) Holt and John Hardeman Holt of Hermitage. Also surviving are siblings: Robert Edwin (Barbara) Holt of Georgia and Marjorie Smith; grandchildren Faith Anne Holt, Connor Martin Gardner of Suffolk, VA as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, Math and Pearl Holt; brothers James and Andrew Landrum; sister Jeri Landrum Marquardt; and brother-in-law Robert Smith

Family and friends served as pallbearers. Honorary: Polly Stallings, Pat Bryant, Barbara Vanwinkle, Barbara Byrd, Peggy Brewington, Carolyn Jackson and Lee Vantrease.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Vivian McKinney, 81

LEBANON -- A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon, May 5 at the Sellars Funeral Home on the Baddour Parkway for Mrs. McKinney, 81, of Lebanon. She passed away April 30, 2009.

Survivors include husband Dale McKinney Sr.; children Dale McKinney Jr., Dennis (Peggy) Kwosek, Bob (Glenda) Kwosek and Gerald (Joan) Kwosek. Also surviving are siblings Ruth Austin, Milford Austin and Floyd Austin.

She is preceded in death by parents Helmer and Julia Wik Austin, son Gary Kwosek, and brothers Merle, Howard and Waldo Austin.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.

"Kenny" Charles Saylor, 48

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 3 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Saylor, 48, of Mt. Juliet. He died May 1, 2009.

Services were conducted by the Rev. Henry Chrusciel.

Survivors include: parents Linda and Palmer Smith; children Brandon (Lisa) Saylor; brother Buddy (Rita) Saylor; sisters Myrna Saylor and Wendy "Sissy"(Todd) Hudson; aunt and uncle Debra and Henry Chrusciel; grandmother Betty Garrett; grandson Preston Saylor; nieces Linda Saylor and Christy Saylor; nephew Little Buddy Saylor and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Saylor was preceded in death by his grandfather Orville Garrett and great-grandmother Sarah Cox.  Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Chester Ray Kelsey, 73

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 4 at the Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Kelsey, 73, of Mt. Juliet. He died April 30, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Danny Sellars. Interment followed the services at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Lynn (Waymon Williams) Crockett and Dorothy (Bubba) Williams; grandchildren Vickie Bouwens, Jeffery Carter, Jr., Nancy Carter and Mashae Leaver; great-grandchildren Christopher Leaver, Tiffany Osborne, Bradley Osborne, Tyera Bouwens, and Kayden Fontaine; special friends Kristine Schlichting, Jacob Ryan and Ann Reed.

He is preceded in death by parents, Chester A. and Irene Kelsey; sister Hazel Holt; and grandson Ronald Eugene Osborne Pallbearers: Bradley Osborne, Jacob Ryan, Waymon Williams, Zachary Ryan, Mike Hart and Jeff Shoemaker.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.

Lorene Bailey, 90

LEBANON -- Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Lebanon Church of God for Mrs. Bailey, 90, of Lebanon.

Born November 11, 1918 to the late Marvel and Sula Eddings, she died April 28, 2009 in West Palm Beach, FL. A family visitation will be held at 12 Noon.  Services will be conducted by Bishop A.J. Valentine. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

She leaves behind her daughter Sallie and son-in-law Wayne; grandchildren Wayne Brent (Geralda) and Loretta; great grandchildren Tiffani, Brandon and Ravyn; great, great grandchildren Breauna, Joseph, Tavian, Bryce and Cynia; as well as a host of relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Roy and son Charles.

Arrangements by JC Hellum Funeral Home, Lebanon.

Theresa Lening Callis, 54

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the Immanuel Baptist Church for Mrs. Callis, 54, of Lebanon. A native of Wilson County, she passed away Sunday, May 3, 2009, at her home.

Born December 26, 1954, she is the daughter of Lillian Ewing Lening of Lebanon and the late Doyle Dean Lening Sr. Mrs. Callis was a 1972 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Draughons Business College.

She was a secretary at Middle Tennessee State University in the Management & Marketing Department and was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher and choir member.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed at the Fairview Cemetery in Norene.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years Thomas Callis; children Marianne Callis of Gallatin and Matthew Callis of Huntsville, AL; mother Lillian Ewing Lening; brother Doyle (Tish) Lening Jr.; father-in-law Charles Leslie Callis; brothers-in-law Edward (Brenda) Callis and Robert (Marilyn) Callis — all of Lebanon; along with nieces Kacie and Jessica Lening, Gloria Griffith and Tracey Swearns.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her mother in law, Jean Callis.

Honorary pallbearers: faculty and staff of MTSU Management & Marketing Dept., Fourth grade Sunday School teachers at Immanuel Baptist Church, Mary Frances Armstrong, Cindy Roskam and Peggy Camp.

Active pallbearers: Donald Eskew, Steve Armstrong, Joe Murphy, James Camp, Chris Mandrell, Ray Wallace, Jim Wright and Jimmie Washington. Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Baptist Church Mission Fund or to the Boy Scouts of America.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Milton Ray Bailey, 77

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 4 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for Mr. Bailey, 77, of Lebanon.

A retired sales supervisor from Malone & Hyde, Mr. Bailey died May 2, 2009 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. A native of Wilson County, he was the son of the late Charlie W. and Pauline Phillips Bailey.

Services were conducted by Rev. Kevin Medlin and Rev. Billy Hill. Burial was at the Leeville Cemetery.

Survivors include: wife Helen Carney Bailey of Shop Springs and daughters Lisa (Paul) Crockett and Melanie (Jeff) Brown -- all of Lebanon; grandchildren Heather (Mark) Mitchell, John Michael Sewell and Bailey Brown -- all of Lebanon and great grandduaghter Eliza Grace Mitchell. Also surviving are siblings Dot (John) Carson of Mt. Juliet and Ed (Duvene) Bailey & Mike Bailey -- all of Watertown as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by grandson Nolan Jeffreies Brown, a brother and a sister.

Pallbearers: Keith Hamblen, Keith Carson, Kevin Carson, Tim Carney, Eric Carney, Charis Bailey and Lynn Bailey. Honorary: Fidelis Sunday School of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Memorials should be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Hunter Funeral Home, Watertown, was in charge of arrangements.

LSSD registration, health fair set Friday


LEBANON -- Registration for children applying for the Pre-Kindergarten program and for children attending Kindergarten within the Lebanon Special School District (Byars Dowdy Elementary, Coles Ferry Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Cumberland University Pre-K and Market Street Pre-K) will be on Friday, May 8 for the 2009-10 school year.

Registration will take place at College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Pre-Kindergarten program is voluntary and eligibility is based on income level and age. Children must be 4 years of age on Sept. 30 and zoned for LSSD in order to apply. Parents of Pre-Kindergarten applicants should contact Penny Thompson (Central Office, 701 Coles Ferry Pike, 449-6060 ext. 24) if they are unable to attend registration on May 8.

Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. Parents of Kindergarten students should contact the school they are zoned to attend if they are unable to attend registration May 8.


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